How far has the United States risen above the gathering storm of global competition in science? Not nearly far enough, warned a succession of luminaries at a symposium held last week by the U.S. National Academies. Speakers at the event--designed to assess how the government has responded to an influential 2005 report to the U.S. Congress on how the nation could improve its research enterprise--offered up myriad solutions, from rallying the public behind the role of clean energy independence to the importance of curbing the national debt. But along with upbeat messages about the country's resiliency from seven members of Congress and three Cabinet secretaries, there was a good amount of finger-pointing over the current state of U.S. science.
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